A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The polymath staff members at The Body Cafe combine their respective training as aestheticians, manicurists, and massage therapists to beautify clients with a broad swath of skills and services. Salon experts shape hair to individuals' style specifications and massage therapists use Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages to coax tension and off-key Rocky themes from individual muscles. Facials, in turn, harness the nourishing botanicals of Yonka Paris skincare products to clarify, exfoliate, and hydrate skin, leaving faces youthful and radiant.